Thurrock Thameside Nature Park has diverse habitats that include:
- coastal mudflats and saltmarsh designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and Special Protection Area
- Thames Terrace grasslands
- ancient woodlands
- new woodlands and hedgerows
- a lake, ponds and reedbeds
The nature park was formally a landfill site but now has a range of important habitats that reconnect the area with wildlife and people. There are footpaths, bridleways and cycle ways that allow visitors to explore the 120 acres of land that have been restored. This will be extended to 654 acres by 2016.
The award winning visitor centre is open daily 9am to 5pm. Features include:
- a cafe serving light refreshments
- toilets and baby changing facilities
- stunning views across Thames Estuary
Gravel was extracted from the site until the 1960s and was replaced by waste from London. The area was the site of a Saxon village but was occupied as far back as the Stone Age.
For more information, go to the Essex Wildlife Trust website.